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Fees and funding
UCL History has a number of Overseas Studentships for Master's programmes, for which students applying for the Dutch Golden Age MA may be considered (applications must be received by 1 April).
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
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Dutch Golden Age MA
The Dutch Golden Age MA is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the history and culture of the Netherlands in the early modern period, focusing on the Dutch Republic during its 17th-century efflorescence. Jointly offered by UCL, King's College, and the Courtauld Institute, the programme draws on the full range of resources and expertise in London for study of this subject.
What will I learn?
This interdisciplinary programme combines three fields; history, art history, and Dutch language and literature. It aims to provide a knowledge and understanding of the political, economic, cultural and religious history of the Netherlands in the period ca. 1550–1700.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL History enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching.
The department is strongly committed to the intellectual development of all our students; if you come to UCL, you will receive individual supervision from leading historians.
Students benefit from London's extraordinary resources, including major collections of Dutch and Flemish Art. The British Library, within walking distance of UCL, houses the largest collection of Dutch books anywhere outside the Low Countries.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three or four core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and the research dissertation (90 credits).
All students undertake an independent research project based on 16th and/or 17th-century (primary) resources, which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is taught on an interdepartmental basis, and takes the form of lectures, small-group seminars and individual tutorials. Through the research skills seminar students will visit various libraries and collections, in particular the Institute for Historical Research, British Library, and Warburg Institute. Assessment is through written coursework essays and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. The programme can accommodate beginners as well as advanced speakers of Dutch.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for students with a first degree in a relevant arts, humanities or social science discipline. Prior knowledge of the Dutch language is not required; depending on their linguistic skills, students will be placed in one of three language/literature courses and trained in the reading of Dutch texts.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Dutch Golden Age at graduate level
- why you want to study Dutch Golden Age at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include: East Side Community Heritage: Volunteer, Warburg Institute, University of London: Research Degree Art History and University of Amsterdam: PhD Golden Age in Dutch Art.
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: